Professional Wrestling Studies Opportunities

First, the Professional Wrestling Studies Association (PWSA) invites anyone interested in professional wrestling to attend their first annual online symposium, WrestlePosium I. This symposium will occur on Saturday, April 4th, from 8am to 4pm Central Time and will be completely online so that anyone around the world can attend. Registration is necessary to access the…

When the Rebel Heart Met the Blackheart: Slash in Professional Wrestling

NOTE: This post was originally posted on the Professional Wrestling Studies Association blog and can now be found at this link. I’ve been working on this project for awhile now, and this presentation from MPCA/ACA 2019 contains my preliminary results on slash fanfic that feature NXT wrestlers Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. This work began…

New Japan Pro Wrestling Podcast

For the fifty-fifth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I are joined by unofficial third co-host Joe Belfeuil to discuss the history and significance of New Japan Pro Wrestling aka NJPW. The trio consider how NJPW emerged, and its early relationship with other big professional wrestling federations like WWF and NWA….

Social Media Literacy and Ethical Leadership

Social Media and Leadership Power Social networks online and offline represent relationships between people, and people capitalize on such connections to perform tasks, from gathering information to enacting political reform. Strong connections can yield higher returns, as strong ties more than weak ties can encourage willingness to help. The more strong ties we have, and…

A Communication Toolbox for Communication Literacy

The following is an excerpt from my book Fractured Fandoms: Contentious Communication in Fan Communities. To read all of the information, you will need to get the book, either from a seller or your local library. [Do not cite this blog post as it is an abridged version of what appears in the book. All…

The Grinch and the War on Christmas

I really liked doing this episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast. I loved it because we got to talk about the secular nature of Christmas in the United States, and why that shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing that we have to — almost literally — go to war over. For the fifty-fourth…

Call for Proposals: Mental Health and Fandom

Before the concretization of fan studies as an academic discipline, fans would routinely be labeled and treated as “fanatics” or people with excessive love for something or someone that could lead them to engage in maladaptive, even dangerous, behavior. In a sense, public discourses positioned fandom as a mental health issue. Along with being problematic…

Trauma and Fractured Fandom

This blog post contains my presentation at MPCA/ACA 2019 from our panel on mental health and fandom. This presentation is the first step in a deeper analysis of my fractured fandom work to understand the traumatic experiences fans expressed in their self-interviews. “fear fearfearfearfear feeling hella unsafe”: The Trauma of Fractured Fandoms As a brief…

Indian Cinema Godfather

For the fifty-third episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I are joined by friend and Ph.D. candidate Anis Rahman to consider one of the most important creators in Indian cinema: Satyajit Ray. Thanks to his Bangladeshi heritage, Anis provides important insights into the life and work of Ray. Along with these…